Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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Jim Kelly Panini Flawless Greats NFL Jersey Patch Signature AUTO SP Gold 10
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1985 TOPPS #45 JIM KELLY USFL FOOTBALL CARD GAMBLERS
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1984 Topps #36 Jim Kelly rookie
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2015 Leaf Q JIM KELLY On-Card AUTO Buffallo BILLS HOF
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1988 Pro Set Test #8 Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Football Card 0h4
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2006 Donruss Elite Throwback Threads TT-19 Jim Kelly 249 Buffalo Bills Card 1a7
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2002 Upper Deck Piece Of History #BGJ-JK Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Card 0a7
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1992 Skybox Impact Football Factory Sealed Box 36 Packs Jim Kelly Auto possible
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Lot 3: 2012 Topps Quarterback Milestones #QMT-JK Jim Kelly (Madallion) 3 50 ++++
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Sammy Watkins Jim Kelly Bills 01 10 made 2015 Topps Past and Present Gold 5x7
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2012 SP Authentic Stadium Authentics #SAJK Jim Kelly - NM-MT
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2012 Panini National Treasures Century Gold #148 Jim Kelly 10 Buffalo Bills 0f8
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1995 Topps Finest Refractor #273 Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Football Card 1m8
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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JIM KELLY SIGNED CUSTOM MIAMI HURRICANES ORANGE JERSEY JSA WITNESSED
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JIM KELLY SIGNED MIAMI HURRICANES FULL SIZE HELMET- JSA Wiwtnesses
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Buffalo Bills Football Mini Helmet JSA
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Jim Kelly Thurman Thomas Andre Reed Signed Bills Full Size Replica Helmet PSA
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JIM KELLY autographed signed Buffalo Bills white mini helmet JSA Witness
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JIM KELLY Autographed Signed JSA Sports Illustrated New Jersey Generals Buffalo
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Jim Kelly Signed NFL Duke Game Football Buffalo Bills PSA Coa
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS,GAMBLERS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS,GAMBLERS,HOF 02 JSA COA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO
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Jim Kelly Autographed Signed Stats Jersey Buffalo Bills JSA
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BUFFALO BILLS JIM KELLY #12 SIGNED F S HELMET HOF 2002 JSA WITNESS 4X AFC CHAMPS
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
    I can’t find it to price it,like a lot of my cards.
    Any help would be appreciated. Ty

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